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Uyuni Salt Flats Bolivia - Salar de Uyuni Tour Details

Stepping into the vast expanse of the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia feels like entering a surreal dreamscape. It stretches over 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 square miles). The Salar de Uyuni is not only Bolivia’s star attraction but also holds the title of the world’s largest salt flats. 

Prehistoric lakes formed it, and it lies near the Atacama Desert. These majestic white plains offer a visual spectacle that’s unmatched elsewhere on the planet.

Train Cemetery:

The Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour kicks off with a pickup at precisely 10:30 AM. Your day trip commences with a visit to the famed Train Cemetery. It is a haunting yet mesmerizing train graveyard that speaks volumes of a bygone era. 

Rusting locomotives and wagons serve as a reminder of the age. The time when trains played an integral role in Bolivia’s economy has passed. Now, they stand sentinel against the backdrop of the vast salt flats.


The journey continues with an exploration of Colchani. Here, at the Salt Miners Workshop, you’ll gain a unique insight into the lives of the local workers. They dedicate their days to extracting and processing the rich minerals of the Salar de Uyuni. 

As you proceed, it’s hard to miss the captivating rock formations. They emerge from the plains, hinting at the area’s volatile tectonic history.

Uyuni Salt Flats:

Midday brings with it a special highlight: a tour of the salt. As you traverse the endless white plains, you’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to take perspective photos. These photos toy with the mind and challenge perceptions. 

The seemingly barren landscape becomes a blank canvas for creativity. Many tourists find this experience to be the highlight of their Salar de Uyuni tour.

High-altitude destinations, like Uyuni, come with their own set of challenges. At an elevation that can affect some travelers, it’s essential that you prepare for potential altitude sickness. However, with the right precautions and guidance from your tour company, you can comfortably soak in the mesmerizing vistas.

The day draws to a close in the most magical way possible. As the sun begins its descent, painting the sky with hues of orange, pink, and purple, you’ll witness a sunset. This sunset seems to set the very air on fire. 

The dry season mirrors this ethereal display on the shimmering surface of the salt flats. It offers a breathtaking conclusion to your Uyuni Salt Flats tour

But the adventure extends beyond just the salt flats. For those who wish to extend their experience, the surrounding areas boast colorful lagoons like Laguna Colorada. There are also private tours that dive deeper into the region’s wonders, from La Paz to Uyuni.

By the time you’ve arrived back in Uyuni after your full day of exploration, your heart will be full of memories. Your camera will undoubtedly have captures to cherish

Whether solo, with family, or with friends, you’re in for a treat. A visit to Salar de Uyuni promises an experience. This experience is as vast and memorable as the salt flats themselves.

Departure & Return Location


Departure Time

10:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional guide (bilingual in Spanish and English)
  • Transportation (4x4 vehicles suitable for the terrain).
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fees to the salt flats and other attractions covered.
  • Visit to the salt mounds and salt processing areas.
  • Stop at the Train Graveyard.
  • Visit to Incahuasi Island (also known as Fish Island) for the giant cacti.
  • Photo opportunities with perspective shots (due to the vastness and flatness of the salt flats).
  • Viewing of the sunset

Price Excludes

  • International or domestic flights to and from the starting point of the tour.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips and gratuities for the tour guides and drivers.
  • Personal expenses, such as souvenirs or additional snacks.
  • Alcoholic beverages or special drinks not included in the provided meals.
  • Additional activities or side excursions not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfer services outside of the scheduled tour, such as airport transfers.

Recommended To Carry

  • Water and Hydration:Always carry sufficient water, especially as the salt flats can get hot during the day.
  • Snacks:While we provide meals, it's a good idea to have some snacks handy.
  • Sun Protection:Sunglasses with UV protection | High-SPF sunscreen | Wide-brimmed hat or cap.
  • Layers, as temperatures can vary significantly between daytime and evening.
  • A light jacket or sweater for cooler temperatures, especially if staying for sunset.
  • Raincoat or poncho if traveling during the rainy season.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Camera and Equipment
  • Cash: While the main tour costs will be covered, it's good to have some local currency for small purchases, tips, or unexpected expenses.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: To minimize plastic waste.
  • Binoculars: Optional, but can be useful if you're interested in bird watching or spotting distant features.
What to expect on your Full Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour?

The Uyuni Salt Flats, spanning over 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 square miles), promise a memorable journey into a mesmerizing white expanse. A full-day Uyuni Salt Flats tour kicks off with an early pick-up. We will be immediately immersing you in the stark beauty of the world’s largest salt flats. 

Your first stop, the Train Cemetery, offers a haunting glimpse into Bolivia’s rich history. Here rusted locomotives stand as silent testimonies to a bygone era. Moving on, Colchani invites you to delve into the lives of salt miners. They expertly extract and process the invaluable minerals from this vast saline desert.

As the day unfolds, the salt flats present countless opportunities for iconic perspective photos. You can play with the endless horizon to create mind-bending visuals. The high altitude of the region, though breathtaking, might pose challenges. Hence it is crucial to prepare for potential altitude sickness. 

However, the tour company ensures a comfortable experience, guiding you through the vastness and intricacies of the salt flats. As evening approaches, the tour rewards you with a captivating sunset. The sky’s fiery hues would reflect upon the shimmering salt surface. With this, we will be wrapping up your full-day tour in a spectacle of nature’s grandeur.

Highlights of your full-day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour:

  • Explore over 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 square miles) of the world's largest salt flats. You will immerse yourself in the stunning vastness of Uyuni Salt Flats.
  • Discover the haunting Train Cemetery, where rusted locomotives tell tales of Bolivia's rich railway history.
  • Dive into local culture at Colchani, witnessing firsthand the salt miners' skillful extraction and processing techniques.
  • Play with perspective as you capture mind-bending photographs against the seemingly infinite horizon of the salt flats.
  • Stay prepared for the high altitude's challenges, as the region sits at an elevation that may cause altitude sickness for some.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunset, with the fiery sky colors reflecting on the shimmering salt surface. This will end your tour on a spectacular note.

Uyuni Salt Flats - Salar de Uyuni Tour

Your thrilling journey across the iconic Uyuni Salt Flats Bolivia begins at 10:30 AM in Uyuni. You’ll first immerse yourself in the echoes of the past as you step into the Train Cemetery by 11:00 AM. Here, amidst the rusted locomotives, you can reflect on Bolivia’s rich railway legacy.

By noon, we will make our way to Colchani. You’ll witness firsthand the intricate process of salt extraction. This offers a glimpse into the livelihood of the locals against the vast backdrop of the Uyuni salt flats.

By 1:30 PM, after relishing a local lunch, we’ll ascend to Isla Incahuasi. Standing amidst ancient cacti and rock formations, you can marvel at the panoramic vistas of the salt flats. You will feel the vastness of the Salar de Uyuni beneath your feet.

Around 3:00 PM, you mustn’t miss the Perspective Photo Stop. Here, you can unleash your creativity, playing with the infinite horizon of the Uyuni salt flats to craft whimsical photos.

When the sun begins to set around 5:00 PM, you will position yourself perfectly. You can capture the fiery hues of a salt-flat sunset. The brilliant play of colors, mirrored on the crystalline surface below, will surely take your breath away.

Finally, by 6:30 PM, with a heart full of memories, you’ll return to Uyuni. You will fill your camera with breathtaking shots. This concludes your Salar de Uyuni tour.

Tour Statistics:

  • You’ll cover an impressive distance of approximately 150 kilometers (93 miles) during this tour.
  • Your highest vantage point will be Isla Incahuasi, reaching an altitude of 3,656 meters (12,000 feet).
  • Starting your journey in Uyuni, you’ll be at the lowest altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet).
  • You might find the tour of moderate difficulty, especially because of the high altitude. Hence, preparing for potential altitude challenges is essential.

When is the best time to visit Uyuni Salt Flats?

There are two primary seasons: the dry season (May to October) offers a vast white expanse, and the wet season (November to April) turns the salt flats into a giant mirror. Both have their unique appeal.

What should I wear on the tour?

Dress in layers as temperatures can vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sun protection like hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

How high is the altitude? Will I feel the effects?

The Uyuni Salt Flats sit at an altitude of roughly 3,650 meters (12,000 feet). Some visitors might feel symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s advisable to acclimate in a city like La Paz before heading to Uyuni.

Can I charge my devices during the tour?

Electricity may not be readily available throughout the tour. Bring extra batteries or a portable charger.

Are there bathroom facilities on the salt flats?

There are limited facilities, so be prepared. Some areas might have basic restrooms, especially around popular stops like Incahuasi Island.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Most tours are family-friendly, but due to the terrain and altitude, it’s essential to ensure everyone is comfortable and prepared.

What kind of vehicle is used for the tour

We use 4×4 vehicles because of the rugged terrain.

Is there vegetarian or vegan food available during the tour?

Yes, we cater to dietary restrictions, but it’s crucial to inform in advance.

Can I fly a drone over the salt flats?

As of 2021, drone usage requires permission.